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#796 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 19:45

Honda confident of 2018 reliability improvements
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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Honda is confident it will be able to improve its reliability record next season as a result of having a stable baseline to work with over the winter.

In its three years with McLaren, Honda has struggled for reliability as it attempts to close the gap to the other power unit manufacturers. This year saw a change in power unit concept but the reliability problems remained, with Fernando Alonso being hit with a 35-place grid penalty at last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix due to a power unit change.

Honda's head of F1 project Yusuke Hasegawa said he was "ashamed" of the penalty during the race weekend, but he believes retaining the current power unit concept for next season will lead to a clear step forward in terms of reliability.

"This year, the biggest issue was we couldn't confirm the base power unit from the start," Hasegawa told RACER. "So all the time we needed to develop and we needed to update, and introduce [updates] at a grand prix before we could confirm the reliability or the performance.

"For next year, of course we haven't confirmed it yet, but at least we have the baseline that is the current engine. So we can use this engine at least, and we can circulate our development in the background. Then as soon as we have confirmed the reliability and the performance, we can introduce it at the grand prix.

"That way we have got more room to consider the performance and reliability before introducing upgrades."

Honda will supply Toro Rosso in 2018 after ending its partnership with McLaren early, but Hasegawa recently said the focus was to avoid penalties in order to score as many points as possible with its current team. Reflecting on the performance in Japan, he admits Alonso's grid drop cost the team a chance of good points.

"The car showed some good pace [at Suzuka]. I think we were quicker than Williams, quicker than Haas and quicker than Renault. So I think we had the performance to score a point if we had a good start."

With both Haas cars scoring points in Japan, McLaren is now 20 points behind the seventh-placed US outfit in the constructors' championship, with Haas jumping one place and one point ahead of Renault.


Ne znam sta je ovaj gledao, ali oba Hasa su zavrsila u bodovima dok Meklareni nisu bili u stanju da preteknu Vilijamse - Alonso Masu a Stof Strola (dok ovom nije pukla guma). Hulk je isto bio vrlo brz u trci dok nije odustao zbog kvara, a Palmer zaista nije merilo kvaliteta Remoovog bolida. Imali smo dobar rezultat u kvalifikacijama (sjeban kaznom za Alonsa i losim startom Stofa) ali daleko je sve to od decidirane tvrdnje da smo brzi od Vilijamsa, Hasa i Renoa (nekako je Hasegava zaboravio tu da pomene i STR, njegove buduce klijente)...



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 15:54

Hasegawa: Honda ‘not happy with Alonso’s attitude’
Date published: October 17 2017


Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa has said there are people within the team who have not been impressed with Fernando Alonso's attitude – but he can personally understand his frustrations.

The Spaniard has been very vocal about Honda's inability to deliver a good engine and constant reliability issues has lead to frequent radio messages which have been less than complimentary to say the least.

McLaren have since opted to part ways with Honda at the end of the season and join forces with Renault instead, a decision that has no doubt persuaded Alonso to extend his stay with the team into next year.

"Alonso always came to put pressure on me," Hasegawa told Spain's El Confidencial.

"If the car was going badly, he had no qualms about telling me he was not happy. He's a good person, he probably felt very ashamed of having to scold me but he had to do it.

"After all, he wanted everything to be all right, that's why I'm so ashamed."

But Hasegawa can understand his anger and has taken no offence from his comments about Honda.

"No, not at all. Alonso criticised us because he was not satisfied, he had every right to do it," he added.

"Obviously, there are people at Honda who were not happy with Alonso's attitude. But for me it was not a problem.

"From a professional point of view, there have been many problems because he was never happy and it is very difficult to establish a good working relationship.

"The drivers, after all, are very emotional guys and you have to understand them when they behave like that. If we had the best car, would not Alonso be happy?"

"Yes, that's why we can not complain."

Hasegawa, who has been under immense pressure as the one of the main figureheads of Honda, is expected to oversee operations as the Japanese manufacturer link up with Toro Rosso next season.



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 22:58

Hasegava prebačen u Hondinu bazu u Milton Kinsu, biće rokada u Sakurinoj bazi. TR će izgleda biti laboratorijski pacov gde će Honda probavati novu PJ RA618H i progres nove vlasti u Sakuri. RB će sve to gledati pod lupom...

[Special Report] Honda, general manager Hasegawa is transferred to UK. We will review the development and management system for 2018

From the end of February 2016 Honda's F1 activity has been managed under Yuusuke Hasegawa General Manager, but it is coming to see the change in its structure. However, it is not a reshuffle after the third year of sluggishness as said in the world, but it is part of strengthening the structure for the next term and has already been put into practice from the middle of this season.

On September 1 this year Yusuke Hasegawa F1 general manager will be at Milton Keynes and will take command at the active front bases. It is said that there was an idea that it should be done including Hasegawa general manager himself from the past, but since it changed the development policy gullyly in May 2016, it is hard to follow the development that tends to be delayed There was no timing to do.


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